News | December 20, 2023

As frontrunners In The Caribbean, One Communications And Ericsson launch 5G In Bermuda

  • Deployment of the first commercial 5G network in Bermuda and one of the first 5G deployments in the Caribbean by One Communications (part of ATNI group).
  • 100 percent of One Communications' 5G mobile network infrastructure in Bermuda is powered by Ericsson’s Radio Access Network (RAN) and Core Network solutions.

One Communications and Ericsson have launched the first commercial 5G network in Bermuda and one of the first 5G deployments in the Caribbean, with an initial deployment covering geographically 75 percent of the island. In this first phase, the 5G network were activated in the capital city, Hamilton, followed by a gradual roll-out to the rest of the territory.

As a front runner in the Caribbean on the deployment of the fifth generation of mobile network technology, One Communications is utilizing the Ericsson Radio System and Ericsson Cloud Core products and solutions including Packet Core, Policy and Unified Data Management, promises to improve the mobile user experience and boost the digital transformation in Bermuda.

5G performance will continue to expand throughout the Island in a phased approach based on capacity and traffic requirements. The 5G non-standalone (NSA) deployment is supported by the existing infrastructure 4G network, commercially launched in 2016, allowing a faster, easier, and more efficient 5G deployment.

"We are proud to partner with Ericsson to bring this advanced network to Bermuda," said Niall Sheehy, CEO of One Communications. "Our commitment to innovation and excellence is at the heart of this project. By leveraging Ericsson's world-class technology, we are not just enhancing our current services but also laying the groundwork for future technological advancements and digital transformation in Bermuda.

The launch of 5G is not just a technological leap but also a testament to company’s unwavering commitment to Bermuda, proudly employing over 100 local Bermudians and actively engaging in various community and charitable initiatives.”

Chafic Nassif, CEO of Ericsson LATAM North, said: “The introduction of 5G in Bermuda is a pivotal step for Ericsson and One Communications in advancing the country's technological progress. As strategic partners, we are committed to connecting communities with fast, reliable, and resilient internet, paving the way for a new era of digital advancement.”

5G is creating new opportunities for people and businesses. Faster connectivity, ultra-low latency and higher bandwidth are characteristics of this new technology that is transforming society, industries and improving day-to-day experiences.

Ericsson has been present in Latin America for more than 125 years, developing the infrastructure and offering telecommunications services. Currently, Ericsson is powering 157 live 5G networks in 66 countries around the world.

Ericsson estimates that almost one-in-five of all global mobile subscriptions will be 5G subscriptions by the end of 2023. The statistic is featured in the November 2023 edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report, which estimates that there will be 610 million new 5G subscriptions for the calendar year 2023 – a 63 percent increase on 2022. In Latin America around 28 million 5G subscriptions are expected at the end of 2023 and by the end of 2029, 5G will account for 51 percent of all mobile subscriptions in the region.

About Ericsson:
Ericsson enables communications service providers and enterprises to capture the full value of connectivity. The company’s portfolio spans the following business areas: Networks, Cloud Software and Services, Enterprise Wireless Solutions, Global Communications Platform, and Technologies and New Businesses. It is designed to help our customers go digital, increase efficiency and find new revenue streams. Ericsson’s innovation investments have delivered the benefits of mobility and mobile broadband to billions of people globally. Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on Nasdaq New

About One Communications:
Founded in 1998, One Communications Ltd. is a diverse telecommunications holding company. Its subsidiary companies specialise in cellular voice, high-speed internet, subscription television and data solutions for both residential and corporate customers.

In 2014, One Communications Ltd. began a series of strategic mergers and acquisitions in order to position itself competitively in an industry driven by technological change. The Company acquired internet, cellular and cable television companies in both Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. These transactions have transformed One Communications Ltd. into a robust triple-play service provider with the networks and data access infrastructures needed to meet the demands of ever-growing bandwidth consumption. Through its operating subsidiaries, the Company is positioned as the leading full-service telecommunications provider for corporate and residential customers in both Bermuda and Cayman.

The operating subsidiaries of One Communications Ltd. are Logic Communications Ltd. (trading as One Communications), Bermuda Digital Communications Ltd. (trading as One Communications), Cable Co. Ltd., and WestTel Limited in the Cayman Islands (trading as Logic).

Source: Ericsson